When a person gets behind the wheel while tired, they are putting their life – and the lives of everyone else on the road – at risk. Unfortunately, one of the main issues in handling this situation is the fact that too many people do not realize just how much drowsy driving can affect a person’s likelihood of being involved in a car accident. To learn more, continue reading and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Fatigue Can Be Caused by Many Things
Fatigue is more than dangerous for drivers – it can affect a person’s safety, health, and the overall quality of their life. Unfortunately, many people are fatigued most days, whether because they have a new baby and are woken every few hours, they work long hours, or they simply stay up late of their own volition. Whatever the cause, being tired can affect performance at work, likelihood to be involved in a deadly car accident, and more.
Putting an End to Drowsy Driving Requires a Total Revamp of the Way Society Emphasizes Work
The fact of the matter is that today’s society is a 24/7 society. People are commuting longer, working more hours, and as technology advances, they are often not done working no matter when they get home. This can all affect a person’s drowsiness. In order for real change to happen, society will need to decide that people no longer need to run at full speed every minute of the day. Instead, we can work hard and then take much-needed time to rest and relax.
Do Not Underestimate the Number of Drowsy Driving Accidents
The bad news is that it is essentially impossible to determine a specific number of crashes caused by drowsy driving. It comes down to the investigators at the scene looking for signs that drowsiness was involved, but these clues are not always observable and investigators are not always looking for them.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration took a shot and tried to determine the number of fatal crashes that involved drowsy driving. They used info from police and hospital reports to determine an estimate. They found that in 2017, there were more than 90,000 police reports for traffic accidents that mentioned drowsy driving. The estimated that this led to more than 50,000 injuries and almost 800 deaths.
If you have been the victim of a drowsy driving accident, there may be legal options available to you. Contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to request a free legal consultation from an experienced personal injury attorney. We will carefully consider the facts and help you discover the right way forward.